Innovation-friendly procurement to nurture growth & regional renewal

The UK public sector spends £300bn a year in the private sector. UK local government procurement alone accounts for £60bn a year. This represents a huge market and represents a significant lever public authorities can use to create and shape markets.

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Delivery of a mission-led programme of support to public authorities seeking to use innovation-friendly procurement procedures
Making the case for innovation-friendly procurement with original research, evaluation and thought leadership of new innovative mechanisms
Dissemination and Stakeholder Activation

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IPEC Research Symposium  

As part of our work to realise the opportunities arising from over £300 billion annual UK public procurement spend, this week we participated in the first IPEC Research Symposium, organised by the Innovation Procurement Empowerment Centre at the amazing Alliance Manchester Business School. This brought together academics from leading universities across the UK – Manchester, Birmingham, Bath, Cardiff, Stirling, Nottingham, Oxford, Lancaster – and Autonomous University of Madrid. 30 speakers, researchers and policy leads from around the UK convened to share evidence and ideas to boost the impact of innovation procurement.

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In-Conversation with Liz St Louis

In-Conversation with Liz St Louis We are thrilled to introduce a new initiative at IPEC – “In-Conversation With” interviews! The initiative aims to celebrate transformational leaders in various parts of UK local government by sharing their expertise, success journeys, and advice on implementing new practices in innovation procurement. This week we had the opportunity to […]

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Public spending holds untapped potential to unleash innovation

Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership, today published ‘The Art of the Possible in Public Procurement’ – a new report from the Innovation Procurement Empowerment Centre (IPEC). The report is co-authored by an expert team with experience in innovative legal and procurement processes and was unveiled at a House of Lords reception. It encourages council leaders, innovative teams in public authorities and ambitious businesses to take advantage of the new possibilities – reinforced by the Procurement Act 2023 – that can be used to drive innovation.

With approximately £300bn a year being spent on UK public procurement, public sector organisations have an indispensable role in fostering innovation and supporting ambitious small businesses. Local Government alone accounts for approximately £70bn of that spending which has huge potential to level-up economic growth and productivity in the UK. […]

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